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Updated Scorecard: CBS and Fox Top First Wednesday of 2017-18

Fox's 'Star' is a Solid First Out of 'Empire'

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Tuesday, September 26, 2017 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
CBS: 8.27 million, Fox: 6.21, NBC: 5.97, ABC: 5.76, CW: 1.21

-Adults 18-49:
Fox: 2.1 rating/8 share, ABC and CBS: 1.5/ 6 each, NBC: 1.3/ 5, CW: 0.3/ 1

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – The Goldbergs (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.07 million (#4), A18-49: 1.8/ 8 (#2)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 8.31 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 8 (#3)

NBC – The Blacklist (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.29 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Empire (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.78 million (#2), A18-49: 2.3/10 (#1))

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.26 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Speechless (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.01 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 6 (#3)

CBS – Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.87 million (#1), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#2)

NBC – The Blacklist (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.11 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#4)

Fox – Empire (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.10 million (#2), A18-49: 2.4/10 (#1))

CW – The Flash (R)
Viewers: 1.28 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)
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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Modern Family (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.90 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 8 (#1)

CBS – SEAL Team (series premiere)
Viewers: 9.85 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 6 (#3)

NBC – This Is Us (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.53 million (#4), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.69 million (#3), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#2)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 1.16 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – American Housewife (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.62 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#2)

CBS – SEAL Team (series premiere)
Viewers: 9.55 million (#1), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#3)

NBC – This Is Us (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.81 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#4)

Fox – Star (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.28 million (#4), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

CW – Supernatural (R)
Viewers: 1.14 million (#5), A18-49: 0.3/ 1 (#5)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.77 million (#3), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

NCIS: Criminal Minds (season premiere)
Viewers: 7.29 million (#1), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#1)

NBC – Chicago PD (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.12 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#2t)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Designated Survivor (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.16 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#3)

NCIS: Criminal Minds (season premiere)
Viewers: 6.78 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1t)

NBC – Chicago PD (season premiere)
Viewers: 5.96 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 5 (#1t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. FROM CBS

    “SEAL TEAM” PREMIERES WITH 9.70 MILLION VIEWERS-
    WEDNESDAY’S MOST WATCHED PROGRAM

    Projected to Increase to Nearly 14 Million With 7-Day Viewing

    Builds on its Viewer Lead-in By +20%

    Delivers CBS’s Best Regularly Scheduled Program in Time Period
    In Viewers Since March 2016

    CBS Starts Premiere Week With its Third Consecutive Nightly Win in Viewers

    · At 8:00 PM, the season premiere of SURVIVOR was first in viewers (8.09m) and second to “Empire” in A18-49 (1.7) and A25-54 (2.3). SURVIVOR topped last spring’s premiere in viewers and matched its A18-49 rating. SURVIVOR is projected to increase audience to 9.95m and 2.3 in A18-49 with 7-day delayed viewing.

    · At 9:00 PM, the series premiere of SEAL TEAM was first in viewers (9.70m) and averaged 1.5 in A18-49 and 2.2 in A25-54. SEAL TEAM was Wednesday’s most watched program with its audience projected to increase to nearly 14 million viewers with 7-day viewing. SEAL TEAM improved its viewer lead-in by +20% while delivering the time period’s largest audience since March 23, 2016.

    · At 10:00 PM, the season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS was first in viewers (7.03m), A18-49 (1.3, tie) and A25-54 (1.9). CRIMINAL MINDS improved the year ago time period by +10% in viewers, +8% in A18-49 and +19% in A25-54. CRIMINAL MINDS is projected to increase to 10.9 million viewers with 7-day delayed viewing.

    · CBS was first on Wednesday in viewers (8.27m), its third consecutive premiere week nightly win.

  2. FROM NBC
    “THE BLACKLIST” CAPTURES ITS HIGHEST RATING SINCE NOV. 10, 2016, GROWS +22% VERSUS LAST SEASON’S THURSDAY FINALE

    “LAW & ORDER: SVU” EARNS ITS HIGHEST 18-49 RATING SINCE FEB. 15

    “CHICAGO P.D.” EQUALS ITS REGULAR-SLOT HIGH SINCE JAN. 18, TIES FOR THE 10 P.M. WIN

    Wednesday Primetime Results:

    The fifth season debut of “The Blacklist” (1.1/5 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET):
    · Scores the show’s top 18-49 rating since Nov. 10, 2016 (1.2) and most-watched episode since Oct. 6, 2016 (6.278 million).
    · Equals NBC’s highest rating in the timeslot with regular-in-season programming since Oct. 19, 2016 (1.2).
    · In total viewers, it’s NBC’s top result in the timeslot with regular in-season programming since March 2, 2016 (7.4 million).
    · Increases +22% in 18-49 versus where the show ended last season with its finale (1.1 vs. 0.9 at 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 18) and +1.3 million persons or +26% in total viewers (6.202 million vs. 4.921 million).
    · Despite moving to the lead-off hour on Wednesday nights, is up +10% versus what the show averaged last season in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour in 18-49 (1.1 vs. 1.0, L+SD, originals only) and +17% in total viewers (6.202 million vs. 5.313 million).
    · Will grow dramatically via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Blacklist” increased by +107% in 18-49 rating going from L+SD to L+7 (1.00 to a 2.07) and more than +4.3 million viewers overall (5.3 million to 9.7 million).
    · Upscale: “Blacklist” delivered a strong upscale audience last season, indexing at a 126 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

    The 19th season premiere of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall from 9-10 p.m. ET):
    · Locks up the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Feb. 15 (1.4) and most-watched episode since Feb. 22 (5.764 million).
    · Grows +8% versus last season’s finale in 18-49 (1.4 vs. 1.3 from 9-11 p.m. on May 24).
    · Builds by +27% on its lead-in in 18-49.
    · Will add substantial viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Law & Order: SVU” grew by +77% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.34 to a 2.37) and +3.0 million viewers overall (5.8 million to 8.8 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    The fifth season debut of “Chicago P.D.” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall from 10-11 p.m. ET):
    · Ties for the timeslot win among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49, matching CBS’ “Criminal Minds” and topping ABC’s “Designated Survivor.”
    · Also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among those nets in adults 18-34, women 18-34 and women 18-49.
    · Equals the show’s highset regular-slot 18-49 rating since Jan. 18 (1.5).
    · Maintains 100% of the show’s May 17 season finale in 18-49 (1.3 vs. 1.3).
    · Will add significant viewership via time-shifting and VOD – last season, “Chicago P.D.” increased by +74% in 18-49 rating (from a 1.36 to a 2.36) and more than +3.6 million viewers overall (6.5 million to 10.2 million) going from L+SD to L+7.

    In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday Night:

    · In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 1.8/5; “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” 2.5/7; and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.9/5.

    · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.7/4; “Late Show,” 0.5/3; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.6/4.

    · From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC’s “Nightline” averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/4 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

    · From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, ratings were: “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” 1.1/4 in metered-market households; CBS’s “Late Late Show,” 1.1/4. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, averages were: “Late Night,” 0.4/3 in 18-49; “Late Late Show,” 0.2/2.

    · At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

    NOTE: Primetime results are based on “fast affiliate time period” data from Nielsen Media Research. All ratings are “live plus same day” unless otherwise indicated.

  3. FROM ABC
    ABC Wednesday Prime (8-11pm – 5.8 million and 1.5/6 in AD18-49): ABC ranked #2 on season premiere Wednesday in Adults 18-49 (1.5/6-tied w/CBS) to an Empire-driven Fox, beating NBC’s premieres by 15% (1.3/5). ABC’s Modern Family ranked as Wednesday’s #2 TV show, coming within 3-tenths of Empire’s premiere in Adults 18-49 (2.1/8 vs. 2.4/10). In addition, ABC’s 8pm Wednesday lead-off The Goldbergs (1.8/8) beat out all 6 of the CBS and NBC premieres/debuts on the night, outdelivering CBS’ Survivor (1.7/7), Seal Team (1.5/6) and Criminal Minds (1.3/5), as well as NBC’s The Blacklist (1.1/5), Law & Order: SVU (1.4/5) and Chicago PD (1.3/5). Each of ABC’s Wednesday comedies returned ahead of their L+SD results for their season finales in May.

    · At 8pm opposite Fox’s Empire, ABC’s The Goldbergs opener took 2nd in Adults 18-49 (1.8/8), beating CBS’ Survivor in the half-hour by 6% (1.7/8). The Goldbergs was up from its May finale by 15% in Total Viewers and by 29% in Adults 18-49, delivering its best results since March topping its final 8 original telecasts last season with young adults – since 3/29/17 and 3/1/17, respectively.

    · At 8:30pm against the second half hours of Empire and Survivor, ABC’s Speechless topped NBC’s The Blacklist premiere in the half-hour by 27% in Adults 18-49 (1.4/6 vs. 1.1/4). Speechless grew over its May finale by 11% in Total Viewers and by 17% in Adults 18-49, delivering biggest audience since since February– since 2/22/17.

    · At 9pm, ABC’s Modern Family won its half-hour among Adults 18-49 (2.1/8), dominating Fox’s Star premiere by 11% (1.9/7), CBS’ Seal Team debut by 40% (1.5/6) and NBC’s L&O: SVU opener by 50% (1.4/5). Modern Family surged over its May finale by 11% in Total Viewers and by 24% in Adults 18-49, earning its top numbers since mid-February – since 2/15/17 and 2/8/17, respectively.

    · At 9:30pm, moving from Tuesday last season to Wednesday this season, ABC’s American Housewife ran neck and neck for #1 in its slot with Adults 18-49 (1.6/6) with Star (1.7/6), beating the second half-hours of CBS’ Seal Team (1.5/5) and NBC’s L&O: SVU (1.4/5). American Housewife shot up from its May finale on Tuesday by 27% in Total Viewers and by 33% in Adults 18-49, matching its highest rating in nearly 1-year and topping its last 13 originals in Adults 18-49 – since 10/18/16.

    · In the 10 o’clock hour, ABC’s Designated Survivor sophomore season premiere is projected to win the hour once TV Playback is included. Setting TV playback records throughout its freshman season run, ABC’s Designated Survivor closed out last season as TV’s #1 10 o’clock series in Adults 18-49 (2.9/11 in Live + 7 Day). In fact, the ABC freshman drama was the 2016-17 season’s top gainer in TV playback among Adults 18-49, shooting up by +142% in L+7 over its L+SD rating. Designated Survivor grew 8% from its Live + Same Day May finale in Total Viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.1 million) and held exactly even in Adults 18-49 (1.1/5), drawing its biggest audience since March – since 3/15/17.

    • Marc, you have This is Us listed at 9PM. It goes to SVU.

      I see we are starting the Fall season off on good fashion Lol

  4. Surprised that Blacklist started out the way it did above my expectations and SVU & PD were at their levels from last year. SEAL Team premiered higher than expected in viewership but lower than expected in the demo and Criminal Minds was on the lower end I think CM is gonna struggled this year in that new slot without Survivor’s help. Empire really took a hit on Survivor so FOX had a decent night in the demo but viewership should’ve been way better. ABC was on the low end last night especially Designated Survivor they’re in trouble this season on Wednesdays.

    Looking at the optics here competition wise things don’t look too bad for Dynasty at 9pm on CW in a couple of weeks.

    • I think it’s time for CM to end it had a good run on CBS. Yeah I think Dynasty will do good at the 9PM slot on Wed as well The CW is what I’ll be watching on Wed and I’m excited for Riverdale’s return hope that Archie’s dad doesn’t die.

      • Like most former hits, it should have been replaced years and years ago… That’s how the executives have engineered this massive audience loss.

      • Yeah I agree it’s time to end it the cast has had so many changes over the years and I feel like without the heart and soul of the cast there Shemar Moore it’s dead. This is a great time to end it while it’s in a new timeslot.

        Yeah Dynasty’s competition isn’t looking as daunting as before I think it can do good there, I don’t think CW’s expectations are that high either so I can see it sticking around longer than what people think. I’m definitely watching Dynasty and likely sticking with it I think Liz Gillies will be the best thing about the show and because Dynasty is next to Riverdale I’m actually gonna sample it the night it premieres. I’m glad to hear from you that you liked it.

    • The Blacklist did what I expected. I think NBC will eventually put it on Friday. It’s a rather dark show (despite the premiere being on the lighter side all things considered which I rather enjoyed).

      I don’t see Designated Survivor having longevity at all. I guess we’ll see what the numbers look like by May of next year. They axed off some cast members and added some new ones. And most do not like the new changes.

      SEAL Team skewed old so we’ll see how that looks in the months to come.

      • Doesn’t matter what the skew is. Pairs of eyes rule and Seal Team was the least bad of the Wednesday shows…

      • Yeah a lot of people agree with you that it will eventually move to Fridays I think Taken’s slot might be where it goes to and I don’t see Taken ever airing this season it might be held back for the summer.

        I agree with you also on Designated Survivor I think the show is a goner in May it’s too expensive and rating too low. It’ll be replaced because ABC may have found something with The Good Doctor and may be able to find one more decent performing drama this season. People hate the changes and hated the episode. It’s gonna have a hard time in the ratings because Criminal Minds and Chicago PD are gonna suck the audiences out them.

        SEAL Team skewed really old that’s a bad start in my opinion but we’ll see how it settles in.

    • Low expectation for Blacklist from you.. 😉

      You had to remind me of CW’s Dynasty… 🙁 The very idea make me queasy frankly… 🙁

      • I had very low expectations as you can tell I thought it was going to do much worse than that but this is still terrible considering how it’s gonna drop in the coming weeks.

        I liked the Dallas reboot on TNT a lot but I don’t expect Dynasty to be that good because it’s not using the original cast, producers, and writers but I’m a suck for old primetime soaps so I’ll still watch it no matter how bad it does for The CW.

        • I think a good Prime Time soap would be a considerable hit today.

          What success Shonda Rhymes has had is based on soapifying different genres.

          A good soap (and I re-watched the first couple episodes of the original Dallas a while back and they were very high quality writing ,directing and acting) would definitely fill a void.

          • I think so too we need a new blockbuster soap as those old episodes of Dallas hold up really well I actually got the DVD sets of the first 5-6 seasons but I watch it through Amazon Prime. Same thing with Dynasty although the reboot will be nothing special although I’ll still watch it, CW has found a way to get me to watch their network this fall.

            Back to the primetime soaps though I think we need somebody who knows how to make soaps to develop one and put the right writing team, directing team, and actors involved in the project. I loved the Dallas reboot on TNT that was one of the few revivals that’s been done well because they had the same team behind the scenes of the original and still had several actors from the original series. It’s unfortunate that TNT didn’t know what to do with it though on their schedule. I really wish TNT was on a bigger network.

            Hopefully there’s a soap somewhere around the corner that people will get behind like Desperate Housewives or the first season of Empire. I don’t want people like Shonda making this soap though.

            • This brought to mind something that I think is part and parcel of the current crisis of Hollywood’s scripted entertainment.

              All the people who made those shows you loved like the original Dallas and Dynasty had gone up through the rungs and gotten experience with people who knew what they were doing.

              Leonard Katzman for instance worked on The Wild Wild West (currently on Me-TV)…

              Today the people making the shows are here because of their connections and do not have that background.

              Now don’t get me wrong, even at the time connections played their part, but people were mentored in the ways of making quality product and if they couldn’t, they stopped being hired (and the system was a lot more open as the wide diversity of the people that came up at universal TV in the 70s shows).

              Today that experience is gone and lack of basic know-how is rewarded (as shown by the emmys).

              That’s why the last thing the US TV industry needs is more remakes made by the same bad producers.

          • Yeah it would be and soaps work like multi-cams to me when they hit they really hit like BBT did several years ago. I can only use BBT as an example because there’s been no comedy in the past 10 years that’s actually elevated itself like that.

            Primetime soaps always hit big and become nice little fads for a couple of seasons when it’s done right like you said.

            That first season of Dallas actually holds up well it doesn’t look too old, it still beats several soaps I’ve seen made from the past 20 years.

            • People maybe remember the later years of Dallas when the fire had ebbed from its creators (it’s true of most shows – I always mention I only love the first 4 seasons of X-Files or ER…) The first few seasons were remarkably well made and I agree with you have held up very well (and seeing shows shot on film is SO much better!!)

              • Yeah that’s true I like Dallas primarily from seasons 1-6, I usually don’t rewatch the last few seasons because they were that bad but I’d still take those final seasons over a lot of shows made these days. X-Files and ER are good examples too. I think natural fatigue sets on these series lasting too long and they aren’t hungry anymore.

                I agree shows shot on film hold up so well and they convert them onto DVD or HD easily. A lot of these shows are going to look beautiful in 4K. Dallas looks very new because of it being shot on film.

                • It’s actually very sad that many people have integrated the PR from the camera vendors that video looks “as good as film”. Some even think that video has better resolution than film…(!!!!!!?!!!!)

                  Sadly not every DVD is remastered from the negative as it’s what gives the best results, but those that are looks splendid.

                  • I know right, no way video is better than film. Film is pure and can actually be preserved overtime so it can survive all of the technological advances such as 4K, 8K, and anything beyond that. That’s why a lot of movies have been able to convert to HD so easily because the film was preserved well.

                    Video decays overtime and doesn’t hold up well and sometimes can’t be digitally transferred well that’s why in several DVDs I own so many TV shows look just as bad as they did back in the day and were never upgraded to HD.

                    You’re right the DVDs that are remastered from the negatives look really well and to me looks new like it was filmed today instead of yesteryear but you can still tell what era something was filmed in but who cares when it still looks good anyways.

                    • I’ll argue that you can tell the era because it looks a lot better than what’s done today….

                      I literally get chills sometimes seeing the quality of TV shows shot in the 70s and 80s. Color emulsions had progressed to the point where you rarely saw the overlighting (projecting multiple shadows) you often saw in 60s TV shows.

                      Also, film of the 80s had an especially pleasing quality which was the result of the quality of the emulsions they were using then which sadly are no longer made the same way….

                      Film was meant to be shown on huge screen so it’s always amazing to me when I read people saying that 4K has more definition than “old film”, even as I understand they “know” that because they only read promotion from video camera manufacturers.

                      In the 2000s, when I was still following all of that, video camera makers would routinely get articles published pretending that certain shows were shot entirely with their cameras when they were only used for certain shots to save the cost of digital scanning before special effects (and you could tell that happened a mile away on the show!!!)

                      In particular, I recall Dead Like Me which had articles written that said it was shot on video when the DP explained to the producers what they wanted wasn’t possible with video and they were forced to use film… That didn’t stop the “articles” from being published…

                      On remastered DVDs, MASH looks especially great and except for the 4×3 format looks like a feature to me (as did many shows and TV movies of the era).

                    • Yeah I’ll always defend how great shows and movies looked from the 70s and 80s and even late 60s when color was used more at how great the film looked on them. I think the color they used back then played a major role. Like I love watching anything from those decades because it just had an overall better look to them and I’m a huge fan of horror movies and those horror movies were a lot scarier than the drag that’s out today. The color played a huge role in that it had a much more mysterious feel to it than the new stuff.

                      I think it’s impossible for anything to have more definition than film because film can be converted in anything beyond 8K and it’ll still look great. That’s why film looks great on DVDs as well.

                      The only real benefit to 4K or any format like that would be live broadcasts like sports as it definitely replaces videotape well. Videotape was horrible but I still love my old comedies, soaps, and sports broadcasts that were taped on them because again the color. Daytime soaps too have benefited from the HD conversion but as far as film goes there’s no true benefit because film doesn’t need the new technology like that.

                    • Film looks awesome on Blu-Ray. That’s why I can’t comprehend why the studios kept no issuing their good-looking hits like CSI or Mentalist on Blu-Ray while they flooded the market with crappily-made fake-edgy shows nobody wanted to watch even once…

                      The result was the near-death of Blu-Ray and its reduction to a niche market that avoids big hits… 🙁

                      Too many times also, TV shows on Blu-Rays are just transfers of DVDs and actually look slightly worse…

                      Certainly sitcoms shot on video look better with the newer cameras, but they look nothing like those shot on film. Look at the depth of color of Two and a Half Men for a great example.

                      On theatricals, the reason most of them look terrible (even those shot on film) is that the “Bruckheimer Look” has been so copied and caricatured that most movies now just crank up the contrast at the DI stage and call it “a style”…

                      Again I miss the jot of discovering those 80s films which, even when they weren’t very good, looked great and featured awesome music.

                    • CSI always had beautiful colors and I would’ve loved to had seen that in Blu-ray but you’re right though they don’t convert them from DVD to Blu-ray at all they just basically copy them over they don’t convert them like they do with movies which is shame. I’m probably shameful of this but I would like to hope that the old TV shows are going to be converted into 4K but probably not.

                    • CSI always had beautiful colors and I would’ve loved to had seen that in Blu-ray but you’re right though they don’t convert them from DVD to Blu-ray at all they just basically copy them over they don’t convert them like they do with movies which is shame. I’m probably shameful of this but I would like to hope that the old TV shows are going to be converted into 4K but probably not.

                      Very true about the difference between sitcoms shot on video and film. Both have benefited with the newer cameras but I agree more about film doing a better job because Two and a Half Men might be the most spectacular sitcom I’ve seen from a visual standpoint on the newer cameras. I remember when I first had access to HD in my house Two and a Half Men was one of the first sitcoms I had watched in that format and the colors were beautiful and it’s because of film and the Sony HD cameras.

                      The Sony HD cameras I think are the best ones because I notice a clear difference when I watch stuff like the NFL on CBS it’s more visually stunning than the other networks.

                      With theatricals they’re just so dark so you don’t see very good contrast and color on them. There are some theatricals that use light that look beautiful though.

                      I would rather have those 80s films with the awesome music than what we have today.

                    • Technically, you can’t “convert” to a higher def (you can but the def won’t change). You can only convert to a lower def.

                      CSI looked great in the early years. When they changed DP in season 5 it stopped being any good (you knew that because that’s when they started getting emmys for photography… 🙁 ).

                      The quality got back up a bit later (from the few episodes I caught over the years) but it was never the same. The first 4 seasons were striking examples of what you can accomplish (and they had two different teams which allowed for extensive prep).

                      None of Two and a Half Men (at least until Charlie left and I stopped watching) was shot with video cameras. Perhaps the episodes afterwards…

                      Music is a huge difference too. The bad directors and producers making movies today think of music as a sound effect and something that can’t dominate a scene for fear of losing on the magnificent dialogue… 😉 🙁

                      TV music held over longer as it’s more difficult to use temp tracks on TV, but now most shows just have drum loops on most scenes and fake Thomas Newman when there’s an emotional scene…

                      And this year The Simpsons replaced the great orchestral music of Alf Clausen with the digital nonsense of random Hans Zimmer employees, killing the last reason to watch the show.

                    • Also TV on DVD is doing extremely well even as DVD sales are reportedly falling heavily. There’s never been so many shows available on video!! 🙂

                      That said, a lot of them are sadly relatively low-budget items with often questionable picture quality (apparently only fake-edgy shows shot on video nobody wants to watch are worthy of blu-ray quality…) 🙁

                      But yes, I am hoping too. The First season of CSI is on Blu-Ray but sadly not the next 3… Hollywood destroyed that market first by making the prices too high (as people were rebuying the same product) and then by not making popular content like CSI available and concentrating on issuing bad TV shows and bad recent movies… The result is most people didn’t bother to buy the players…

                      In the case of CSI, the show was remastered for syndication in HD, so it’d be incredibly cheap to issue it on Blu-Ray. Why CBS doesn’t do it is beyond me…

  5. Empire is no longer even solid.

    Star flops right away.

    Designated Survivor, Criminal Minds, Chicago PD all flop directly. the time slot is going to get blamed again, but it’s the shows…

    Modern Family and the ABC comedies are non-entities.

    A total disaster area except for the surprisingly solid Navy Seal opening (don’t understand why but it really only looks good compared to the dismal rest of the night).

  6. I thought This Is US would be a lot higher. People constantly talk about the show. Well we have to go by Nielsen…